How SIMULIAworks Can Benefit SOLIDWORKS Users

SIMULIAworks was announced at 3DEXPERIENCE World earlier this year. It provides comprehensive and robust simulation capabilities for three roles for <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS® users on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

Here’s what you can expect.

The initial offering is focusing on structural simulations from basic stress analysis to advanced nonlinear analysis (impact and drop test type of simulations). Currently the SIMULIAworks portfolio contains three complementary roles on the cloud:

      Structural Performance Engineer       Structural Mechanics Engineer       Simulation Collaborator

These roles offer strong associativity with SOLIDWORKS for efficient what-if scenarios. Let’s take a brief tour of the SIMULIAworks portfolio.


The 3DEXPERIENCE platform includes a dashboard interface along with tools that enable reviewing simulation setup and results within a browser without having to open the full simulation. This helps facilitate collaboration and review of design alternatives, whether you are working from the office, in a meeting, traveling, or at home. All you need is an internet connection and access to a standard browser.

Simulation results review within a browser

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a large cloud compute environment that can facilitate solving complex simulations on large models in less time than would be possible on an individual workstation. The IT infrastructure is managed via the cloud, thus providing enterprise capabilities without overhead costs. Now companies of any size can perform large-scale simulations.

Additionally, with the Collaborative Designer for <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS role, <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS contains embedded capabilities that tightly integrate the desktop environment with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This allows the user to manage their data on the platform through an interface that is part of the <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS desktop. In addition, the embedded interface allows the user to launch the SIMULIAworks applications directly from <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS.

Because the product data is stored in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, there is full associativity between the <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS geometry and the SIMULIA simulations performed against the geometry. Any changes to the original part and assembly files are updated in the simulation models.

Structural Performance Engineer

Structural Performance Engineer enables comprehensive structural nonlinear static, frequency, buckling, and structural thermal simulations to assess the performance of products during the design engineering process to help guide design decisions. Coupled with the Collaborative Designer for <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS, associativity is maintained between the 3DEXPERIENCE simulation setup and the <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS geometry to ensure any changes in the design are reflected appropriately within the simulation results.

Example simulations using the Structural Performance Engineer role

The key features and capabilities for <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS users include:

        Market-leading Abaqus technology to provide robust and accurate results         Ability to solve advanced nonlinear problems for large displacements and large strain analysis, plastic deformation, hyperelasticity, and other simulations that cannot be solved with linear analysis         Unique and robust General contact to set up (in 1-click) the contact of any large models         Advanced meshing (including quadrilateral shells and hexahedral solid elements) so any geometry can be tested virtually         Linear and advanced nonlinear material options, including engineering plasticity for metals and hyperelasticity for rubber (elastomers) to accurately simulate product behavior         Seamless associativity/integration with geometry         Unique engineering workflows and robust simulation technology within an intuitive interface         Multi-step structural scenarios for product performance and quality testing

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